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DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 




PUBLIC HOUSING FACT SHEET 

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PUBLIC HOUSING PORTFOLIO (50.000 units) 

Ch. 667 elderly housing: 32,078 units (in 3,120 buildings in 582 developments) 
Ch. 200 family housing: 12,736 units (in 2,774 buildings in 121 developments) 
Ch. 705 family housing: 3,000 units (in 1,178 buildings in 636 developments) 
Ch. 689 special needs housing: 1337 units (primarily housing for mentally retarded) 
Ch. 167 special needs housing: 542 units (primarily housing for mentally ill) 

LOCAL HOUSING AUTHORITIES (LHAs) 

• 235 cities/towns have LHAs currently managing public housing units 

• 8 towns have established LHAs, but have not built public housing 

• 4 regional LHAs manage public housing in eleven communities 

• 2 Community Development Corporations (CDCs) operate public housing units in Boston 

CHAPTER 200 FAMILY PUBLIC HOUSING 

• The state's oldest public housing (all units 43-52 years old) with most urgent capital needs 

• 65% of DHCD's public housing modernization funds awarded in February 1999 ($59.9 
million of $91.7 million) were for Ch. 200 developments, which comprise about 25% of state 
public housing units. 

• 1 2,736 units statewide, but none located in dense, high-rise, "Chicago-style" developments 

• 8615 units (68%) in townhouse, duplex or single family developments 

• 3978 units (31%) in three-story buildings 

• 143 units (1%) in larger buildings 

• The 121 Ch. 200 developments are scattered throughout 77 communities 

• Nearly half the portfolio (6300 units) is located in ten communities: Boston, Worcester, 
Springfield, Somerville, Lawrence, Fall River, Quincy, Everett, Cambridge and New Bedford 

CHAPTER 667 ELDERLY HOUSING 

• 32,078 units in 582 developments in 228 communities, constructed since 1 956 

• About 8500 kitchens and baths 32-44 years old 

• Portfolio includes 1250 studio apartments (250-350 sq.ft.) in 38 older developments; many 
older "one-bedroom" apartments are comparably sized (less than 400 square feet). 

• Includes 863 units of congregate housing, with private bedrooms but share common areas. 

CHAPTER 689 AND 167 SPECIAL NEEDS HOUSING (1879 units) 

• 1 ,058 units for Dept. of Mental Retardation clients in 131 developments in 96 communities. 

• 542 units for Dept. of Mental Health clients in 70 developments in 64 communities. 

• 279 units for clients of DSS, DPH & Mass Rehab Commission in 21 sites in 20 communities. 

• Typical development houses eight clients in a 1-2 unit house in a residential neighborhood. 



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Department of Housing and Community Development 



FACTSHEET: CHAPTER 200 FAMILY PUBLIC HOUSING 



♦ 12,736 total units, built between 1948 and 1956 

• 8615 units in townhouses, duplexes or single family homes 

• 3978 units in three-story buildings 

• 143 units in buildings four stories or taller (two developments) 

♦ 121 total developments in 77 communities 

• 19 developments with 200 or more units house 43% of all Ch. 
200 units (5447 units) 

• 46 developments with 100 or more units house 72% of all Ch. 
200 units (9170 units) 

• 75 developments have less than 100 units each (3566 units) 

♦ Of the 19 developments with 200 or more units, only 1 1 
developments have 5 or more units per building 

♦ Of the 46 developments with 100 or more units, only 25 
developments have 5 or more units per building 

♦ Almost half of the total portfolio (6,300 units) is in 10 communities: 
Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Somerville, Lawrence, Fair River, 
Quincy, Everett, Cambridge and New Bedford 



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